Research Groups


Members of the Developmental Cell Biology Group

Dr. Christian Pohl

Group Leader
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42589


Curriculum Vitae  
since 12/2011 Group leader at BMLS
2008-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow with Zhirong Bao, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA (
2008 Dr. rer. nat., Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
2003-2008 Graduate Student with Stefan Jentsch, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany (
2003 Diploma in Biochemistry, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany (
Awards and Fellowships:
2013 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow
2009 HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow
2009 Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow (declined)
2008 Junior Research Award, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Dr. Ludovico Alves

Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Priyanka Dutta

PhD student (member of the lab since January 2014)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42702

Priyanka studied biotechnology at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India, and obtained a masters degree in biological sciences and bioengineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 2013. For her masters thesis, she worked on C. elegans germline development in the lab of Kuppuswamy Subramaniam. In this work, she identified a novel positive regulator of RAS/MAPK
signaling important for proper meiotic progression and oogenesis in C. elegans hermaphrodites.
At BMLS, Priyanka works on post-translational mechanisms that regulate transcription factor degradation and on Calcium-dependent mechanisms of morphogenesis.

Patricia Kunz

PhD student
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Christina Lehmann

PhD student (member of the lab since March 2013)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42702

Christina studied biology at Goethe University Frankfurt and obtained a master's degree in Cell Biology and Physiology in 2012. For her master thesis, she worked in the lab of Enrico Schleiff on the role of β-barrel proteins in secretion using Anabaena as a model system. Christina investigates morphogenetic mechanisms of head organ formation. Her work includes a collaboration with Ernst Stelzer's group on light sheet microscopy to perform lineage tracing and cell shape segmentation in late stages of C. elegans embryonic development.

Christina's papers:

Stevanovic M, Lehmann C, Schleiff E. The response of the TonB-dependent transport network in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 to cell density and metal availability. Biometals 26:549-60, 2013.

Sandy Maurer

PhD student
Phone +49 (0)69 798-42702

Devang Odedra

PhD student (member of the lab since October 2012)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42703

Devang studied bioinformatics at the Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, India, and obtained a master's degree in bioinformatics from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India in 2011. His master thesis under the supervision of Shankaracharya yielded several publications on Diabetes diagnosis and prediction as well as protein evolution (see below). Devang's project involves programming and implementing image and data analysis tools to quantitatively describe head development in C. elegans as a multi-layered system comprising genetic regulation, the cellular network, as well as cytoskeletal dynamics with the future goal to perform modeling of organogenesis. Moreover, Devang is also interested in segmentation and 3D-tracking of cells and organelles.

Devang's publications:

Odedra D, Mallick M, Vidyarthi AS, Shankaracharya D. Comparative Evolutionary Analysis of Metallo-β-Lactamases with Reference to NDM1. Onl J Bioinform, 12:18-33, 2011.

Shankaracharya, Odedra D, Samanta S, Vidyarthi AS. Computational Intelligence in Early Diabetes Diagnosis: A Review. Rev Diabet Stud, 7:248-258, 2012.

Shankaracharya, Odedra D, Mallick M, Shukla P, Samanta S, Vidyarthi AS. Java-based diabetes type 2 prediction tool for better diagnosis. Diabetes Technol Ther, 14:251-256, 2012.

Mallick M, Odedra D, Vidyarthi AS, Shankaracharya. Meropenem: A potent drug against superbug as unveiled through bioinformatics approaches. Int J Bioinform Res Appl, 9:109-120, 2013.

Deepika Singh

PhD student (member of the lab since September 2012)
Phone: +49 (0)69 798-42702

Deepika studied biotechnology, first at Amity University, Noida, India, and later at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India, from which she was awarded a master's degree in technology in 2012. For her master thesis project she obtained a DAAD IIT Master's Sandwich Program fellowship and worked with Christian Bökel at the Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden, on BMP signalling in the Drosophila ovary stem cell niche. Deepika currently investigates mechanisms of midbody formation and internalization in the early C. elegans embryo using genetics, microscopy and laser microsurgery.

Deepika's publications:

Singh D, Pohl C. A function for the midbody remnant in embryonic patterning. Commun Integr Biol 7:e28533, 2014.

Singh S, Pohl C. Coupling of rotational cortical flow, asymmetric midbody positioning, and spindle rotation mediates dorsoventral axis formation in C. elegans. Dev Cell 28:253-267, 2014.